A list of movies where the poster is someone looking over his/her shoulder, I made this to go with this.
The Perfect World Meets The Perfect Assassin
400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.
This is like a film that would be played, on mute, in the background during a party at your weird friend's house while he plays Ministry on a CD-R and some guy named Trevor talks about how he hates his job at Best Buy.
Film #30 of "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #16: A cyberpunk film!
Let's get this straight...this film pulls off many incredible feats.
1) Adapts an iconic cartoon TV show into an incredible work of art.
2) Completely nails the look and feel and even the quiet brooding mood of the original material. The worldbuilding captured here is remarkable.
3) If you haven't watched the original series, the storyline renders an adaptation impossible. It is virtually unfilmable as a feature film. Not anymore.
4) Darn near perfect casting across the board anchored by a perfect characterization of Aeon herself by Charlize Theron. How come no one talks about this film when talking about her career?
5) The storyline…
Taking place in a future where a walled city contains the remnants of humanity, Karyn Kusama's "Aeon Flux" is a bland science fiction epic. Lacking the personality and punch necessary to engage, the film sports a compelling heroine played by Charlize Theron but does not do anything interesting with her. Laborious at times, the anime-inspired film rates as watchable though it generates very little that would rate as memorable.
The narrative is built around a future society where a rebellion quietly bubbles up against the ruling class. Theron's Aeon Flux is the chosen one whose skills and talents will spearhead the tide against those in power. It is a future-world hero quest, and, though it refreshingly features a woman hero,…
Logan's Run meets Zardoz with Charlize Theron kicking some major butt and somehow it still manages to be boring.
Nothing ground breaking but I can't say I had a bad time watching it. I think that is mostly due to Charlize Theron carrying the movie and the fun style. I'd put it in the same category as the Underworld and Resident Evil movies, strong female leads that are fun to watch but with scripts written by hacks.
Does a great job of replicating the pervy bio-organic weirdness of the cartoon, with vaguely vaginal poison dart-shooting security fruit, spies passing sensitive stolen technologies with their tongues, or Sophie Okonedo's hand-feet. But it was probably a mistake to try to manufacture a decipherable plot out of what was always an intentionally narratively baffling feat of imaginative futurist design and impossible animated acrobatics. There's just too much talking and explaining, and what should be carried off with alluring silence instead seems like intentional camp. That's not necessarily bad, but unfortunately Kusama's action has been sliced to ribbons for a PG-13, and in the occasional instance when it's not, you get bland stuff like Charlize spinning in place with a machine gun, and so most of what was lithe and visceral in the source material ends up a generic blur here.
Creator Peter Chung's animated sci-fi series "Aeon Flux" first aired in a six episode bundle in 1991 on MTV's Liquid Television strand. In 1992 another five short episodes appeared, followed by a season of 10 episodes in 1995. The series was set in a bizarre future world, where the two opposing countries, the anarchist Monica and the fascistic Bregna are in conflict. Aeon Flux is a leather-clad secret agent / master assassin from Monica who seeks to infiltrate Bregna in part to assassinate its leader and her sometime lover Trevor Goodchild. The series was graphic and violent with more than a smattering of bondage and fetishism leaking into the narrative. This, along with its idiosyncratic narrative, gained the series a…
2016 movie viewings, #22. I decided this weekend to burn through some of the titles that have been in my Netflix queue for a long time, but that I've only felt so-so about actually sitting down and watching; and this generic sci-fi actioner fits that definition quite succinctly. Supposedly based on the cutting-edge cartoon from early-'90s MTV that my friends and I were all big fans of in college, in reality this has almost nothing to do with the original at all, just some throwaway B-pic that happened to have the "Aeon Flux" name slapped onto it for the sake of brand recognition (and that seems to partially exist only to promote a tie-in videogame that was released at the…
Some of you might say "but Oliver how can you give The Martian only 2,5 stars and you give this 4 full stars" which I'm gonna reply with putting my sunglasses on and running as fast as I can.
I wanted Æon Flux to be laughably bad and stupid fun, but it's just cringeworthy bad and flat out stupid. Charlize Theron being beautiful is easily the most positive element of this film. Cinematography was solid I suppose. Other than that everything else in this film is basically trash baskets, whether it's the writing, acting or the special effects. This is just a large smelly turd ball of a film.
#221 ÆON FLUX - A mess, but Kusama’s stamp is on it visually. Has some drop-dead gorgeous sequences. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
I bet that girl with feet as hands seemed real cool in 2005. Movies don't get any lamer than this.
One of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. No idea what to think of it at all, I kind of loved it and hated it at the same time. It looks amazing yet terrible at the same time. The action is awesome yet crappy. The plot makes so much sense yet it doesn't.
I feel that this'll be a future cult-classic for sure. Just give it ten or so more years.
I sure do love Karyn Kusama, though.
movies directed by women,
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Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…